Bullying & harrassment

Simon Fraser University is committed to providing a working and learning environment that is free from bullying and harassment and in which all members of the University community are treated in a fair and respectful manner. 

Harassment and bullying behaviour can occur in several forms including Discriminatory, Personal, and Workplace.  The chart below outlines these different forms of harassment.  The University has several resources for dealing with bullying and harassment such as the Student Code of Conduct, Collective Agreements, and the Human Rights Policy.

All personal information collected within any SFU Workplace Bullying & Harrassment process will be handled in accordance with SFU's adherence to BC's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

All members of the SFU Community

SFU employees

Discriminatory and Personal Harassment are addressed by the SFU Human Rights and Equity Office and defined in SFU Policy GP-18 as:    

"Discriminatory Harassment - Harassment based on a prohibited ground of discrimination.  Behaviour directed towards another person or persons that:

  • is abusive or demeaning; and
  • includes direct or indirect reference to a prohibited ground of discrimination under British Columbia's Human Rights Code; and
  • would be viewed by a reasonable person experiencing the behaviour as an interference with her/his participation in a University-related activity."

"Personal Harassment - Behaviour directed towards a specific person or persons that :

  • Serves no legitimate purpose; and
  • Would be considered by a reasonable person to create an intimidating, humiliating, or hostile work or learning environment."

Individuals experiencing discriminatory or personal harassment should contact the Human Rights and Equity Office for assistance. 

Workplace Bullying and Harassment is defined by WorkSafe BC as:

"any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated, but excludes any reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers."

For more information including reporting procedures, see SFU's Workplace Bullying and Harassment Program.



Workplace Bullying and Harassment training is mandatory for all SFU employees.